I Am Sam (2001)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 12 mins

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A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.
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Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Penn

Crew: Jessie Nelson (Director), Elliot Davis (Director of Photography), John Powell (Music Director)

Rating: PG13 (Singapore), M (Australia)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 25 Jan 2002 (India), 28 Dec 2001 (United States)

Tagline: Love is all you need.

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Did you know? This film launched the career of child actress Dakota Fanning, who became the youngest actress to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Read More
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as Rita Harrison Williams
as Sam Dawson
as Brad
as Shoe Salesman
as Rebecca
as Willy Harrison
as Lucy Diamond Dawson
as Principal
as Annie Cassell
as Ifty
as Estelle Dawson
as Nurse
as Starbucks Father
as Starbucks Customer
as Rita's Colleague
as Big Boy Waitress
as Cristina
as Judge Philip McNeily
as Gertie
as Davis
as Randy Carpenter
as Margaret Calgrove
as Patricia
as Dr Blake
as Conner Rhodes
as Dr Jaslow
as Booking Cop
as Sara
as Grace
as Cop at Park
as Bruce
as Turner
as Lily
as Starbucks Angry Man
as Duncan Rhodes
as Robert
as Collin
as Court Clerk
as Wright
as Bill Carpenter


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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat)
Love is all you need.
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Deivathirumagal (Tamil)
Remade as: Nanna (Telugu)
Remade as: Main Aisa Hi Hoon (Hindi)
Factual Mistake
Credits list "Starbucks Barrister" instead of "Barista".
This film launched the career of child actress Dakota Fanning, who became the youngest actress to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Dakota Fanning's character is named Lucy Diamond from The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", whereas Michelle Pfeiffer's character's name is Rita Harrison, from the song "Lovely Rita," and the last name of Beatles member George Harrison.

Sean Penn improvised many of his character's lines and actions, such as the end of the scene at the new restaurant where Sam shouts, "Ask Big Bob!" or the dog scene. The producers liked many of these improvised scenes much better than the original book.